As is characteristic of many of His Highness the Aga Khan’s initiatives, there is more to the newly opened Aga Khan Garden, Alberta than meets the eye.
The Aga Khan Garden, a hidden gem located at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden, is a very special cultural asset that will benefit Edmontonians and all Canadians for generations to come. We owe a world of gratitude to His Highness the Aga Khan, the Imam (spiritual leader) of the world’s 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims.
The Aga Khan Garden reimagines the rich garden landscapes of past Muslim civilizations in a contemporary Canadian context. In its layout, for example, the garden takes inspiration from the Persian Bustan or orchard, as well as the Chahar-Bagh or “four-garden” design, seen to be a manifestation of the gardens of Paradise in their earthly form.
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